Our Values

Inclusive & Intersectional

 Confidential

Non-Directive

Survivor-Centred

Feminist

Collaborative & Accepting

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We are a genderless campaign. We acknowledge that women, non-binary and trans people are at a substantially higher risk of sexual violence, and also that male survivors, being less visible, often struggle to find the resources they need. We see the various challenges survivors and their allies face in speaking out and accessing support. We understand that a person's experience of sexual violence is shaped by the intersection of all aspects of their identity, including but not limited to their gender, sexuality, age, neurodivergence, disability, student status, employment, finances, ethnicity and culture.

Inclusive & Intersectional

We are a genderless campaign. We acknowledge that women, non-binary and trans people are at a substantially higher risk of sexual violence, and also that male survivors, being less visible, often struggle to find the resources they need. We see the various challenges survivors and their allies face in speaking out and accessing support. We understand that a person's experience of sexual violence is shaped by the intersection of all aspects of their identity, including but not limited to their gender, sexuality, age, neurodivergence, disability, student status, employment, finances, ethnicity and culture.

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Confidential

All discussions with It Happens Here are confidential by default. We understand that survivors of sexual and domestic violence may face threats and harassment if they attempt to seek help. Any information disclosed to us about cases will be closely guarded to protect the survivors and allies involved. When cases must be discussed, only essential details will be included.

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Non-Directive

Our goal is to empower survivors and give them clarity. We do not pressure survivors to take any particular position or take any particular action. We can lay out your options and help you find resources and legal or welfare advice, but you will never be told what to do. This is your decision and you are in control. 

Strategy

Survivor-Centred

The rights, needs and wishes of survivors are placed at the heart of our campaign's decisions and actions. We recognise that survivors are not a homogenous group and have a wide range of experiences and needs. We strive to empower survivors by giving them a safe space to seek support and to have their stories heard. We strongly counter victim-blaming myths, such as the idea that victims and survivors should act a certain way after being assaulted. We find fault with the lack and inconsistency of official statistics around sexual assault, particularly in universities. Finally, we are striving to provide our entire team with training in sexual and domestic violence awareness, so that we can better support survivors.

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Feminist

Although our campaign is inherently genderless, we acknowledge that sexual violence is very often a kind of gender-based violence, with most survivors identifying as women and most perpetrators identifying as men. We conclude that to fully address sexual violence, we must also address the deep-rooted gender inequalities that often fuel it. This includes disassembling gender stereotypes, shining a light on misogynistic rape culture and debunking victim-blaming myths. We also draw upon the long-standing strength of various feminist groups and activists that have played a part in the history of the fight against sexual violence.

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Collaborative & Accepting

We are always open to collaborating with other campaigns, groups and activists as we strive toward our common goal: to protect students, prevent sexual violence and empower survivors and their allies. We understand that whilst we may all agree that sexual violence is a problem, we may disagree on how to prevent it from happening and protect and empower survivors. We are always open to taking on advice and working with a range of groups, from student groups to governing bodies, to find effective ways of tackling sexual violence.